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Man killed by train near Carson after falling onto tracks

January 28, 2009 | 11:38 am


Authorities are investigating the death of a man who was killed this morning when he fell from the platform of a Metro station near Carson and was hit by a train.

The unidentified man fell between two cars of the southbound Blue Line and was run over about 9 a.m., when the train left the Del Amo Station for Long Beach, said Dave Sotero, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

A person standing on the platform alerted the conductor of a northbound Blue Line train, which had just arrived at the station, that someone had been run over, according to an MTA official at the scene. The southbound train that hit the man continued to Long Beach without the conductor realizing what had happened, officials said.

After the incident, the man's body was covered with a white sheet, and blood had splattered on the side of the platform. Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department taped off a portion of the platform as they waited for members of the coroner's office to investigate and remove the body.

Sotero said trains were sharing the northbound track at the station near Del Amo Boulevard and Santa Fe Springs Avenue, adding that there would be a 12-minute service delay.

-- Ruben Vives

Photo: Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies secure a platform at the Blue Line's Del Amo Station, where a man was killed after he fell between two cars of a southbound train about 9 a.m. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times